Things to do in New Orleans

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New Orleans is a city full of culture, history and entertainment. People flock to this vibrant city all year long and here are New  Orleans things to do.

St. Louis Cathedral

Visiting the St. Louis Cathedral gives you a sense of just how old the city of New Orleans really is. The St. Louis Cathedral is the oldest active cathedral in the United States. Take the time to explore this magnificent building and take in all the history that comes with it.

French Quarter

Most people think of Bourbon Street when they think of the French Quarter. While Bourbon Street is a major party area in New Orleans there is more to the French Quarter than a party. The French Quarter has several historic hotels, unique shopping and some wonderful restaurants. If you make the trip to New Orleans stopping by the French Quarter is a must.

Jackson Square

Jackson Square is a fun area to spend the day. There is always so much going on in Jackson Square it would be hard to find yourself bored. On a typical day you will find street painters, jugglers, musicians and other street performers. There are several restaurants and boutiques in Jackson Square, as well.

Hurricane Katrina Tour

If you want to get out of the tourist area and get a real feel for New Orleans, this tour is a must. The tour takes you through the ninth ward and other areas that were hard hit by Hurricane Katrina. This tour is eye-opening to what really happened that day. The guides will also give you history on the areas and explain to you the process of rebuilding.

Audubon Zoo

This zoo has over 1,500 different animals. The zoo will take you through a tour of Asia, the Outback, Africa and the swamp area of Louisiana. A day trip to the Audubon Zoo is a perfect place for all ages to spend the day.

New Orleans School of Cooking

This is a top activity while in New Orleans. You will spend the day learning how to make signature New Orleans dishes. Some of the most popular dishes you will learn are jambalaya, gumbo, shrimp creole and other local dishes. This is a great way to bring a little bit of New Orleans back home with you. The instructor will also teach students about the traditional spices used in New Orleans.

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Jackson Square

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 Founded in 1718, Jackson Square is home to a large number of New Orleans historic buildings and landmarks. Major highlights include a statue of Andrew Jackson, Faulkner House, St. Louis Cathedral, and the attractive 1840s Pontalba Buildings located on both sides of the square. This gorgeous park also attracts artists and street performers of all kinds. Jackson Square is located in the heart of the French Quarter. If you plan to drive, parking is available daily from 8:00 a.m.-Dusk.

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Audubon Zoo

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Excellent area zoo featuring a family of rare albino alligators, an impressive butterfly exhibit, and everything from lions and tigers to bears in natural habitat settings. There is also a popular children's petting zoo onsite. Please visit the website for hours.

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tel:504-581-4629 or 800-774-7394
url:www.auduboninstitute.org
address: 6500 Magazine Street, New Orleans LA, 70118

New Orleans City Park

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This 1,300-acre, 150-year-old park is just as majestic today as it was before Hurricane Katrina ravaged it. Joggers and bikers come here to workout while admiring the parks gorgeous landscape, which includes giant oaks and tranquil lagoons. Picnic areas and playgrounds abound as well as beautiful gardens including The New Orleans Botanical Garden. Other major highlights include: Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) and Besthoff Sculpture Garden, and Equest Farm Equestrian Center. Although the park's three golf courses are still damaged and in the more..

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tel:504-482-4888
url:www.neworleanscitypark.com
address:1 Palm Drive, New Orleans LA, 70124
email:info@nocp.org

Woldenberg Riverfront Park

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Woldenberg Riverfront Park overlooks the mighty Mississippi River and it is home to the Holocaust Memorial. The memorial includes nine sculptures by Jewish artist Yaacov Agam, a statue of the parks benefactor Malcom Woldenberg, and a sculpture by New Orleans artist John T. Scott called Ocean Song. Woldenberg Riverfront Park is located between Canal Street and Esplanade Avenue, French Quarter.

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The New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum

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The Voodoo Museum is a must during any trip to New Orleans. On display are a large collection of African artifacts, portraits by Voodoo legends, and portraits of voodoo legends. Visitors to the museum can also purchase a gris gris -- an amulet that protects the wearer from evil, and voodoo dolls.

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tel:504-680-0128
url:www.voodoomuseum.com
address:724 Dumaine Street, New Orleans LA, 70116
email:info@voodoomuseum.com

New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA)

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Not only has the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts churn out some of the most talented musicians around, it's teachers and alums are well-known around the country -- if not the world. Just a few NOCCA alums include Harry Connick Jr., Donald Harrison, Nicholas Payton, Trombone Shorty, the Marsalis Brothers, and DJ Hollygrove. NOCCA hosts free concerts regularly, so inquire within.

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tel:504-940-2800
url:www.nocca.com
address:2800 Chartres Street, Faubourg Marigny

St. Louis Cemetery Tours

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St. Louis Cemetery, one of the many "Cities of the Dead," is the oldest in cemetery in the city. This aboveground burial place features decorative vaults and family tombs and it is the final resting place for famous figures such as infamous voodoo woman Marie Laveau, Etienne Bore, and Homer Plessy. The cemetery has also made cameo appearances in many films, most notably Easy Rider. Tours take place every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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tel:504-525-3377 or 888-721-7493
url:www.saveourcemeteries.org
email:soc@saveourcemeteries.org

New Orleans Bicycle Tour

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Confederacy of Cruisers offers 3 hour guided bike tours that wind through several of New Orleans' historic Creole neighborhoods. Enjoy the  Faubourgs Marigny, St Roch, and Treme and the people and culture of the most interesting city in the united states,

The tours go through a variety of sights and local architecture with stops at cemeteries, parks, and scenic spots to to tell the stories that make the city so special.  The guide, a friendly local, brings the color of the city to life in these small and personal more..

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tel:504 400 5468
url:confederacyofcruisers.com
email:info@confederacyofcruisers.com

Old New Orleans Rum Tour

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Alot of people do not even know this place exists and it is only a 10 minute cab ride from the French Quarter. Celebration Distillation is the Oldest Operating Rum Distillery in the United States. It was started 15 years ago by the Artist James Michalopoulos. They Produce 4 different rums year round. Thier Cajun Spiced Rum was voted the number one flavored rum on the market for the second year in a row by the Beverage Testing Institute BTI.

They give tours on a daily basis @ 10am 1pm and 3 pm and the tours are only ten bucks!

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tel:5049459400
url:www.neworleansrum.com
address:2815 Frenchmen St
email:info@neworleansrum.com

New Orleans Gardens

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From elaborate floral labyrinths and enchanting courtyards to botanical, secret and sculpture gardens, New Orleans’ famous gardens bloom in fascinating history and breathtaking beauty. Experience and explore the treasures of the past by walking through New Orleans most elegant and memorable gardens. Special events and tours are available throughout the year, but some of the most popular are held during the azalea-filled spring.

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